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|US is Global Leader in Oil and Gas Production|
Beth I. Gillin; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 30, 2015, previously published on August 11, 2015The United States is continuing to draw closer to energy independence, as it has surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia and is now the largest producer of natural gas and oil in the world, due in large part to hydraulic fracturing. This technology has enabled oil and gas operators in the U.S. to...
|FERC Clarifies Prohibition on Buy/Sell Arrangements|
Gus Howard, Gregory K. Lawrence, Howard L. Nelson; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
October 28, 2015, previously published on October 26, 2015At the request of Rice Energy Marketing LLC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on Oct. 15, 2015, issued a Declaratory Order that clarified the extent to which releases of capacity to asset managers are exempt from FERC’s prohibition on buy/sell transactions. As clarified, the...
|Is The Oil and Gas Industry Ready? Canadians Elect Liberal Majority Government|
Alan L. Ross; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 20, 2015On October 19, 2015, Canadians elected a majority Liberal government under Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau. Prior to the election, the governing Conservatives had 159 seats in the House of Commons, the New Democratic Party (“NDP”) 95, the Liberals 36, with a handful of seats for...
|Paradigm Shift: Hydraulic Fracturing, Shale Development and Energy Abundance|
Scott Rotruck; Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC;
October 23, 2015, previously published on October 19, 2015As is commonly held by energy sector experts, the game-changing development of the shales and the resurgence of natural gas as a virtually new, huge, versatile, long-term fuel, with a shrinking environmental footprint, is based upon the synergistic deployment of several key technologies. These key...
|Republicans Push for End to Ban on Export of Domestic Oil|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 9, 2015Republicans are continuing their push for an end to the crude oil export ban. This week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was called to testify before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to answer questions about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve program. Republicans, however, used the...
|Sixth Circuit Stays New 'Waters of the United States' Wetlands Rules|
Charles S. Carter; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 12, 2015On October 9th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay precluding implementation of controversial new rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) in May defining the scope of “waters of the United...
|Mexico Releases Framework for Investment Trusts in Energy and Infrastructure|
José Estandía, Antonio Franck C., Rodrigo Gómez, Luis R. Salinas, Alberto de la Parra Z.; Jones Day;
October 7, 2015, previously published on September 2015The Mexican government, through its Tax Administration Service, has released a preliminary framework for fiscally transparent trusts focused on energy and infrastructure investments. The tax treatment of such "Energy and Infrastructure Trusts" is similar to that of FIBRAs (Mexican Real...
|FERC, D.C. Circuit Reject Recent Challenges to Gas Pipeline Development|
Erica E. Youngstrom; Jones Day;
September 14, 2015, previously published on September 2015Landowners and environmental groups are bringing increasingly sophisticated challenges to gas pipeline projects and sometimes succeed in delaying development, but in recent cases they have ultimately lost on the merits. The latest setback for pipeline opponents came in July in Gunpowder Riverkeeper...
|The CSA’s Latest Continuous Disclosure Review: Two Key Takeaways for Material Contract and Mining Disclosure|
Don Collie, Graham Erion; DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
September 9, 2015, previously published on August 5, 2015The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published their annual review of Canadian public companies’ continuous disclosure filings in CSA Staff Notice 51-344 - Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 (the CSA Notice). The CSA...
|Coop Adds Landfill Gas Generation to its Renewable Portfolio|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 8, 2015, previously published on September 4, 2015Hoosier Energy (Hoosier), a Bloomington, Indiana G&T, will be partnering with a local landfill operator to develop a renewable energy facility. The facility will use landfill methane to fuel engines that will produce 4 megawatts of electricity. The project, which will be Hoosier¿s fourth landfill...